The Rajasthan government Sunday decided to innoculate those above 18 years of age for free. The move will cost Rs 3,000 crore to the state exchequer, Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot said.
Announcing the decision on Twitter, Mr Gehlot also raised the issue of additional financial burden on states.
“It would have been better that according to the demand of the State Governments, like the Government of India would have been able to afford the vaccination of the youth from the age of 18 to 45 years, like the age of 60 years and more than 45 years, the budget of the states would not have been disturbed,” he tweeted in Hindi.
On Friday, Rajasthan has tightened restrictions amid a nationwide surge in COVID-19 cases. The state government said all markets will remain shut through the weekend.
The order said the shops selling essentials can remain open between 6 am and 11 am; banks and insurance firms from 10 am to 2 pm; animal fodder outlets, agricultural produce stores, and dairies and milk shops from 6 am to 11 am. The last two, though, can remain open again from 5 pm to 7 pm.
The 6 am-11 am window is also for vegetable vendors and door-to-door deliveries. Petrol pumps and LPG distribution will remain open from 7 am to 12 pm.
The government asked people not to travel in vehicles but walk to the nearest market for supplies.
Processed food vendors, bakeries, restaurants, and sweets shops can only make home deliveries.
Weddings and related events are to be held on the same day, each event lasting no longer than three hours, and with only 50 guests.
The government said people can drive out in their personal vehicles only during emergencies. District-to-district travel is barred unless, again, it’s an emergency.
India’s coronavirus cases and deaths hit a new record today with 3.49 lakh fresh infections, taking the caseload to 1.69 crore; 2,767 people died in the last 24 hours.